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Overview

Introduction to Shelby, North Carolina

Shelby, North Carolina, in Cleveland county, is 19 miles W of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center) and 39 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina.The city is home to some 19,477 residents.

Shelby History

The area now known as the city of Shelby was officially incorporated in 1843. The city is the county seat of Cleveland County, which was founded in 1841. The city was named after Colonel Isaac Shelby, a Revolutionary War officer. It became an "All-American City" in 1970 and is the largest city of Cleveland County. In 1980, Shelby was named as one of the first national "Main Street" communities.

Shelby and nearby Attractions

  • Cleveland County Historical Museum
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park
  • C Grier Beam Truck Museum
  • Crowders Mountain State Park
  • Lincoln County Museum of History
  • Kings Mountain State Park

Things To Do In Shelby

Shelby has numerous parks and playgrounds including Holly Oak Park, Junior Women Club Park, Optimist Park, Plaster Park, Ezra Bridge Park, and Hickory Creek Park. The Central Shelby Historic District and Challenger 3 Amusement Park are also worth visiting. One can also enjoy shopping at Sky City Shopping Center, Huxley Village Shopping Center, Shelby Plaza Shopping Center, Cleveland Mall, and Hickory Creek Shopping Center.

Shelby Transportation

Flights can be availed from Hickory Regional Airport.

Shelby Higher Education

Cleveland Community College is the local college. Gardner-Webb University, Catawba Valley Community College, Winthrop University, and many other colleges and universities also offer facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 20,245
Male Share of the Population 45.7%
Female Share of the Population 54.3%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 7,533
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 40.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.5%
Median Earnings25+ $28,688
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,321
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,640

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,737
% Above Poverty Level 71%
% Below Poverty Level 29%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.3%
Median Gross Rent $687
Median House Value $115,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.5%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 4.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Shelby Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles W of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Cleveland
Standard Zip Codes 28150, 28152
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28151
Phone Area Codes 704
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.292
Longitude -81.535

Shelby Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SHELBY 2 NNE
Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 49 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.2 inches
Station NINETY NINE ISLANDS
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 51 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station FOREST CITY 6 SW
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 50 F
Apr Temp 42 to 71 F
Jul Temp 64 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 72 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Boiling Springs 4,636 $82,107
Earl 303 $52,250
Kingstown 742 $36,000
Lattimore 469 $50,500
Patterson Springs 662 $32,500
Waco 322 $49,583

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Shelby Public Libraries

Library
Cleveland County Memorial Library
104 HOWIE DRIVE
Shelby, North Carolina
(704) 487-9069
Library Web Site

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Shelby Hospitals

CLEVELAND REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
201 E GROVER ST
(704) 487-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Shelby High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

CREST SENIOR HIGH
800 OLD BOILING SPRINGS
704-482-5354
Serves 1,558 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

SHELBY HIGH
230 E DIXON BOULEVARD
704-482-3409
Serves 862 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

NORTH SHELBY
1205 NORTHSIDE DRIVE
704-487-9941
A Special Education School
Serves 149 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.8

Shelby Colleges

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